Five O'Clock Somewhere

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Last call for foodie posts

There's only one day left ...

So far, I've had a grand total of ... uh ... zero entries in the current writing challenge. With only 24 hours to go, that's not exactly a great turnout.

To recap, the challenge was to write a blog post in response to an essay prompt that I used in my essay writing class this term. The students had chosen an unusual topic, cuisine, instead of the oft-used contemporary social or political issues. So I thought I'd open it out to my readers and see what you could come up with. Unless you're actually enrolled in a college-prep essay writing course, you don't need to constrain yourself to what you might consider to be an essay (although I actually have a pretty broad definition); instead, write in response to the prompt in whatever way you feel moved.

So, write a blog post and put a link to it in the comments here, or if you don't have a blog, send your entry in email to byrnes.carol.anne (at) and I'll post it here. Deadline is midnight (in whatever time zone you're in) March 31.

Essay 4 (in-class)

Choose one of the following topics and write an essay that meets the English 0950 course objectives (clear main idea, good support, consideration for an educated reader, organization, reasonably correct mechanics):

· What is your favorite cuisine? Give details to explain why.

· Define “American cuisine.” What sets American cuisine apart from others?

· How does the enjoyment of food bring people together? Give examples from your own experience and/or from materials you have read.

· Red or green? Explain.

· Write a review of your favorite restaurant. Use details and examples to show the reader why he or she should eat there.

· In what way does the cuisine of a country or region reflect its culture? Show the connection using specific details.

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Blogger Carol Anne said...

I have thought of perhaps asking some of my students to share their essays online. I had one who wrote in response to the third question (inspired, by the way, by a post of Baydog's last Thanksgiving), who had me really wishing I could be her roommate or at least a member of her family. And I had another who answered the fourth question, resoundingly, "Christmas!"

Thu Mar 31, 12:57:00 AM MDT  
Blogger bonnie said...

My submissions of somebody else's work didn't count? Gee, academic standards are so high these days...

I really do wish I'd had time, but this is the worst time of the year for me. It's not a coincidence that the last serious essay on Frogma was the cold-water boating article at the beginning of March.

Thu Mar 31, 09:04:00 AM MDT  
Blogger Tillerman said...

Here it is. Red or Green.

Thu Mar 31, 04:05:00 PM MDT  
Blogger bonnie said...


Thu Mar 31, 04:09:00 PM MDT  
Blogger Baydog said...

Alas, I was not paying heed
to precious moments slipping by.
Until the project was decreed
complete when all the entries vie
to win the essay challenge where
Professor Carol Anne does reign,
she's brutal but to a fault fair;
to the best she will not favor feign.

Next time

Thu Mar 31, 11:04:00 PM MDT  
Blogger O Docker said...

OK, you may consider this entry late, teacher, but if it can be five o'clock somewhere, it can be five minutes to midnight somewhere, too.

If you don't accept this, my daddy is calling his lawyer and we're suing the school district for denying my first amendment rights, whatever that means.

Fri Apr 01, 04:25:00 AM MDT  
Blogger Carol Anne said...

LOL, O Docker. Yup, it's 11:55 somewhere.

Sat Apr 02, 12:28:00 AM MDT  

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